South Koreans went on the rampage in Seoul again on a Monday (9th September) in protest against what they considered to be offensive attitudes taken by the Japanese government.
DEMONSTRATORS MARCH CARRYING, PLACARDS: CROWDS BREAK THROUGH RIOT POLICE CORDON: BEATEN BACK WITH GAS
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Background: South Koreans went on the rampage in Seoul again on a Monday (9th September) in protest against what they considered to be offensive attitudes taken by the Japanese government.
A crowd estimated by police at 12,000 marched around the vicinity of the Japanese embassy in the capital, carrying banners and shouting slogans denouncing the refusal of the Japanese government to crack down on Koreans resident in Japan and believed by the South Korean government to be implicated in the attempted assassination of President Park Chung-Hee in August.
Although Japanese police have arrested a member of the North Korean residents group Chosoren for aiding the assassin in obtaining false papers, the Japanese government have refused to disband the group as requested by Seoul on the grounds that it would infringe on personal liberties.
As the demonstration on Monday -- the most recent of an almost daily series since the assassination attempt a month ago -- grew more violent, some Korean union members broke through cordons manned by 1,000 riot police and made for the Japanese embassy. They were however driven back by tear gas.
The Japanese government was reportedly disturbed by a new element in Monday's rioting -- strong and repeated demands for the expulsion of Japanese businessmen in Korea.
At one stage in the rioting on Monday, demonstrators burnt an effigy of Japanese Foreign Minister Toshio Kimura, who had earlier angered the Park government by denying that North Korea presented any military threat to Seoul.